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But that’s not the way rolling these days. its best-selling status, you see, the first-generation Escape was a throwback, a American-style crossover. That fit with the “One Ford” vision, which entails global platforms for most

With cars like the and Focus recently receiving makeovers, the aging Escape increasingly out of place. That’s why replaced it with a new Kuga-based, -inspired model that the company a decidedly different in this segment.

There’s no that the 2013 Escape is a product. Americans loved the SUV character of the previous model, but now faced with a sleek new that essentially looks and like a Focus hatchback on Still, the 2013 Escape is a improved vehicle in nearly respect, and we suspect that shine through in the long whether or not it replicates its predecessor’s success right out of the gate.

to Like

The Escape’s driving are remarkably similar to those of the satisfying Focus. Unlike rivals these days, the feels tidy and maneuverable in spaces, as a compact crossover Interior materials are excellent by standards.

The optional MyFord Touch adds high-tech functionality and the dashboard a much sleeker Two turbocharged engines are offered, and deliver a solid combination of and fuel economy.

What’s Not to

The non-MyFord Touch dashboard is a bit of a with its button-happy layout, MyFord Touch itself leaves something to be desired We deemed road noise an in the 1.6-liter SE, which is bound to be a model. No third-row seat is you’ll have to step up to the Explorer or Flex for that. The new looks more like a hatchback than a tough which may turn off some of the previous model’s boxy

Also, there’s no hybrid-powered of the new Escape, so the old hyper-efficient Escape is left without a successor.


The phrase “carlike is profoundly overused in our profession, but no question it applies to Ford’s crossover. Although the Escape rides higher than the related Focus hatchback, be hard-pressed to tell a difference in driving. Other than the lower price and available transmission, there’s not much the Escape can’t matchand the offers the twin advantages of ground clearance and available drive.

Even in spirited the Escape feels nimble and evincing none of the ponderousness plagues rivals like the Equinox and Honda CR-V.

Unsurprisingly, there’s a price to be in ride compliance. We love Ford didn’t dumb the European-style handling, but we’re not our fellow citizens will the Escape’s Euro-firm ride, with the 18-inch and 19-inch wheels that come the SEL and Titanium trim levels, We weren’t blown away by the new chassis rigidity, either, as pavement can induce some quivers.

Road noise, is more pronounced than we in a vehicle than touches (gulp!) fully loaded.

and Drivetrain

The 2013 Ford comes with a smooth six-speed automatic transmission and one of engines. The entry-level 2.5-liter cylinder engine, available with front-wheel drive, is at 168 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. carryover engine from the Escape is agreeable enough, but recommend stepping up to one of the two twin-turbocharged inline-fours, both of which front- or all-wheel drive.

The EcoBoost option, a 1.6-liter generates up to 178 horsepower (173 regular fuel) and 184 pound-feet of We’re not fans of the 1.6-liter’s soundtrack, but it does deliver punch along with the of superior fuel economy. no object, the pick of the litter is the top-of-the-line 2.0-liter version, cranks out a genuinely engaging 240 and 270 pound-feetand sounds good it.

The old Escape’s V-6 will become a memory once you’ve this 2.0-liter turbo the

Properly equipped, the Escape can tow up to pounds, which is pretty for a compact crossover that even offer a V-6.

Evaluation/Gas Mileage

Even the and most powerful Escapean model with the 2.0-liter returns an admirable 21 mpg city/28 mpg and 24 mpg combined, according to the EPA. 2.0-liter models get 22/30/25 effectively the same as the base model’s 22/31/25 mpg. The turbo figures to be the fuel-economy with highway figures into the 30s. The 1.6-liter is the fuel-economy champ, yielding up to 33 mpg on the

If saving at the pump is a concern, the Escape’s got you covered.

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Features and Technology

While possible to get a stripped-down Escape the Sync voice-recognition system, have to work hard to one. Offered on the base S model for a mere $295, is certainly a worthwhile upgrade, control of both your and your connected audio via simple voice commands. Sync specialties include free years of turn-by-turn a 911 Assist feature that can 911 automatically in an emergency, and even a new that allows incoming messages to be “read” by a digitized through the audio system’s

If you want more technology, trim levels are eligible for the Touch system, which has numerous improvements as of late. highlights include an eight-inch touch screen, a 4.2-inch information display in the gauge twin USB ports, and even hotspot functionality if you’ve got a USB broadband adapter. Early tarnished the public image of Touch, but Ford has begun to amends with the latest which boasts larger and simpler displays.

Like the the Escape offers two very dashboards depending on whether Touch is specified. On more models, the dashboard has a rakish panel that’s covered similar-looking buttons, including an odd keypad. We find the overall to be a bit chintzy, which is a shame, as quality is so high that Volkswagen has cause for concern. up to MyFord Touch, however, and feel like you’re the future.

From the high-resolution eight-inch to the revised dashboard with trim, the MyFord Touch has got a very cool vibe

As for passenger comfort, well, if you the Escape’s rear quarters with, say, the CR-V or the Subaru Forester’s. you’ll that the Ford comes up a bit Also, a third-row seat is so the Kia Sorento and Toyota RAV4 an advantage here. We doubt shoppers will be disappointed the Escape’s backseat, but it’s the largest of its ilk. In this the Escape is more on par with rivals like the Kia Sportage .

the old Escape looked like an this new one looks like a Focus. It’s rather Subaru’s Outback models, are raised, utility-themed versions of hatchbacks and wagons. We also see a lot of in the Escape’s greenhouse and headlights.

it remains to be seen whether loyalists will embrace new stylistic direction, fans of carlike compact crossovers find plenty to like Ford’s latest.

Market and Pricing

As the only compact to crack the top 10 in sales for 2011, the was already the boss in this but the new model competes more against car-based alternatives the CR-V and the Mazda CX-5. all the improvements, pricing hasn’t much from last still, given that you can get a V6 or a RAV4 V6 for around $25,000, disappointed that the 2.0-liter Escape costs a couple more at a minimum.

What We Think

The 2013 Escape is good on gas, to drive, and packed with What’s not to like We do blanch a bit at the high price-potentialthere are better to spend $30,000-plus onbut in the range, this Ford is a strong contender.

Ford Escape Electric Cars
Ford Escape Electric Cars
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Ford Escape Electric Cars
Ford Escape Electric Cars
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